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RSV 101: What Every NICU Parent Needs to Know

For most infants, respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus (RSV) causes an illness like a common cold in the upper and lower respiratory tracts. But some babies, including those born preterm and those with special health care needs, may be at high risk for a severe infection which can cause pneumonia or bronchiolitis, inflammation of the small […]

The Life-Long Struggle of a Medically Fragile Child + {Free Hospital Packing List}

My baby did not end up in the NICU because he was premature. He ended up in the NICU because he was medically fragile. Though these terms are certainly not mutually exclusive, many preemies–like my other child who was a 34 week feeder/grower–outgrow their immaturity. Most babies born medically fragile face a life-long struggle of […]

Preemies and Eye Health

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, which is fitting because this August is the one-year anniversary of my ex-27 week preemie, Theo, getting his glasses. Parents of preemies are all too familiar with eye exams. Babies born under three pounds or before 30 weeks are screened for Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). Preemies are also […]

Preemie Nutrition: Increasing Your Milk Supply

It is not uncommon for moms of preemies to face challenges with milk production while their baby is in the NICU. The overwhelming amount of information give each day, coupled with the pressure to produce milk for baby can be stressful. Kay Needles, an internationally board certified lactation consultant and NICU nurse, shares with us […]

Finding a Professional Counselor: Seeking the Help You & Your Family Deserve

As a parent, the range of emotions you experience are vast. When you become the parent of a medically fragile child, the experience becomes even more complex. While it is normal to have a range of feelings, you might find that these emotions become overwhelming and difficult to deal with when you are bombarded with […]